The School of Art, in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites applications for an endowed, tenure-track assistant professor in graphic design to start in August 2020. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment. We seek a candidate with a strong and developing national reputation, achieved through a compelling research record; one who demonstrates curiosity in emerging technologies, speculative design methods and novel approaches to traditional methods.

The newly established School of Art aims to create a nationally recognized model for faculty research, teaching, and service. Endowed professors are expected to develop innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary initiatives both inside and outside the university that support the university’s mission as a flagship, land-grant institution.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design focuses on human-centered design research, designing for complexity and forward-looking speculative methods. We seek to prepare students to be proficient makers and thoughtful problem seekers and solvers by speculating the ways that design can impact and facilitate positive change. In addition to the BFA degree, a new master’s degree in design is currently in the planning stages.

The School of Art is committed to enhancing educational and professional diversity by seeking to integrate individuals from varied backgrounds and characteristics, including members of historically underrepresented groups. The University of Arkansas believes that enhancing diversity and providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated is critical to its mission of helping individuals to realize their full potential.

Duties will include:

  • Maintaining and expanding a significant research record with proven accomplishments;
  • Teaching two three-credit graphic design program courses (or equivalent) per semester, or graphic design-related content in the foundations curriculum;
  • Assisting in implementation of new graduate degree in design;
  • Engaging in program- and school-level service, such as student mentoring, supervision of student related activities, area and studio supervision, and committee work at the school and university level as assigned.

In addition to these duties, endowed faculty are required to:

  • engage in a minimum of one outreach effort per year;
  • maintain a research record that is prolific, visible, and appropriate to the prominence of the appointment and its tenets;
  • engage in a minimum of one multi-level project per year which is external and community-centered, which combines the candidate’s research interests and the objectives of the endowed position;
  • produce an annual report detailing teaching, research, and service accomplishments— as well as the addition of the designated external yearly project— as an academic narrative with rubrics of intent, realizations, monetary, and community impact in the form of quantitative and qualitative data.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in graphic design, visual communication, or equivalent (e.g. MFA, MDes, MGD, Ph.D.) conferred by the start of employment
  • Higher education teaching experience as an instructor of record
  • Research engagement at the national level
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one year beyond graduate teaching level
  • Bilingual, especially in Spanish